Part 1

RESEARCH

IDEAS FACTORY

Day 1: 02/09/2019

02/09/2019
As soon as we entered the building we where given a short bonding exercise to get to know people on our table. This was both difficult but rewarding as people came from all different background, all except from me where international students. This tested my communication skills. We shortly discovered that we had unusual collections in common, ranging all the way from rock to bottle collections.

TASK 1
The three words we acquired where Futurism, Concrete and Cut. This initially sparked conversations about the properties of concrete such as the core doesn’t fully dry and the sustainability of cement production in conjunction to current climate issues. We linked this with the idea of futurism looking at new processes being used more in the mainstream, such as the movement away from brick work to steel reinforced concrete that was pioneered by the Bauhaus Movement in the 1920’s and 30’s. This sparked ideas looking at branding and marketing that makes this more relevant in the future due to the application of the product.

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During the day we where given a task to come up with at least 10 ideas associated with the process (cut) and material (concrete). When thinking of ideas I found it difficult to think of ideas that don’t take the words so literally. I then thought to myself why not take them so seriously, eventually coming up with an idea of Concrete Scissors. A simple but unusable product, from this I started thinking about old 1960’s anodised aluminium road signs and posters. I started to think about how they would advertise and market products that they didn’t fully understand at the time, this looks at relative idea of futurism to the product designers at the time of creation. At this stage I was instantly thinking about Daniel Arsham use of eroded concrete sculptures of everyday objects to convey where and tear of everyday use. I started to think about the logistics of how concrete scissors could be used. This sparked memories from a particular room in the V&A Christian Dior Designer of Dreams exhibition that was a pattern room. In the room they had mock up of garments that where prototyped, they also had various screens playing videos of designers beautifully cutting and sowing material. Relating this back to my concept I wanted to take the idea of the a sign and advance it to a popular means of communication in the 60s which was comic books. The imagery would convey a beautiful setting but the designer struggling to use the material. This give the idea comedic relief. At the end (such as what Daniel Arsham would do) have the piece stand alone ready for use but when it is used it’s very impractical.

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Day 2: 03/09/2019

03/09/2019.

After watching ‘Once Apon A Time in Hollywood’ by Quintin Tarantino and ‘Good Fellas’ by Martin Scorsese I’ve been interested with the 1960s athletics with the discovery of neon and first colour films. It was the first time after the World War 2 where people had sustainable Jobs and people where able to buy what they wanted rather than what they needed. This started a drug revolution and organised crime was at it’s highest, especially in LA and NewYork. This is relevant to my work due to the nature of the time where things where cheap but all sorts of product, illegal or legal where available to everyone.

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Andy Warhol was an artist that explored the idea of consumerism within the 60s with the famous branding of the ’32 Campbell’s soup cans’ and ‘Brillo Boxes’ which highlighted the desire for products based on the aesthetic of the product with colour becoming a defining feature of the branding to entice people to buy the product. Warhol used his own image and status to elevate this idea of consumerism due to his popularity. This boosted sales for these brands and how one of Warhols Brillo Boxes has sold for more than £3 million.

Roy Lichtenstein was a pop artist during the 60s who really pioneered the classic thick black outline and dotted face style. This style became so popular many comic book and poster companies adopted his style to represent what they where selling and making. This style is something I would like to look at when thinking how I would represent my comic book.

I started to visualise the idea in a more sustainable way taking further inspiration from popular media such as ASAP Rocky’s new music video ‘Babushka Boi’ which shows a old gangster seen with different characters in a realistic loony toons resemblance. I felt like this was interesting character design I could implement into the comic book idea.

Day 4: 05/09/2019

05/09/2019

Once we finished talking about the critiques in our table the whole room was discussing their experiences with other peoples work and their opinions on the way the product or idea was explained and presented. The main critiques and positives of peoples work when discussing was the way the product was marketed. This was followed with discussions about popular brands that have a sort of marketing that entice people to buy the product because of the image of the company. One of these brands was Apple.

Apple is a brand that is now associated with a lifestyle. The Branding doesn’t have to show off the features of the product but instead just show the product in use in day-to-day scenarios which entices people to buy the product every release. It also taps into the human need to have the latest and greatest thing for better social status.

SURFACE AND MEANING

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Your Possessions

Yinka Ilori

The Colour Palace, 2019

https://yinkailori.com/?p=1172

https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2019/may/dulwich-pavilion-2019-the-colour-palace/

17/09/2019
The work makes think about what the scrapes mean to the artist. The colours are bright, vibrant and standardised which is very effective as it makes it feel out of place due to the monotone colours of the location surrounding the Dulwich Pavilion however I think this is a good thing due to the beauty of the piece and the colours and patterns presented giving intense feelings of happiness and playfulness. This is further emphasised with the fact that the location is free for any to enjoy, therefore creating a greater community cohesion. This could be associated with the marriage of Iloris’s Nigerian and British heritage working together to compliment each other creating this mashup of cultures which greatly compliment each other. This is further emphasised with the ‘Dulwich Picture Gallery’ explaining “the Pavilion is inspired by the buzz of Fabric Markets in Lagos, and symmetry, curves and right angles of Sir John Saoane’s iconic Gallery design.” This gives the area a touch of Technicolor which changes the aesthetic of the location to a more exiting atmosphere with the symmetry of the piece creating a sense of tranquility to the viewer, even with the complex colours. To me ‘The Colour Palace’ looks like an alien spaceship that has just landed in that specific area, its so unique to the locations.

The piece isn’t just a beautiful piece of architecture but its also a beautiful representation to me of a netted pattern with the standardised gaps in the structure breaking up the shapes giving the structure a knitted appearance. For me I’m not the biggest fan of use of plain circles I feel like it’s a bit boring as they aren’t open ended so you cant make another shapes. But I love the use of triangles due to the use of geometric shapes it brings to the piece, this is something I love to see in patterns such as shown by Henri Matisse with ‘The Snail’ 1953. Which represents this geometric shapes with curves featured which gives the piece more life, this creates interesting shapes in the empty cream spaces. This mixture of space and colour is something I could see doing in my work. This could be done in the textiles section by layering different smaller patterns which could represent layering of those spaces much like the inner skeleton and outer skeleton does with Ilori’s Colour Palace.

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Revelation of Erasure

John Stezaker

Old Mask VIII, 2006

https://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/artpages/john_stezaker_old_mask_viii_2.htm

19/09/2019
Painting was a loose section mostly based on creating an exiting compassions mostly working with collage. An artist that embodies the idea of exiting work I believe Is JOHN STEZAKER who mostly works with collage to create an illusion in his work. This is perfectly represented with his OLD MASK series where he had images of, primarily, older people with images of various locations in the natural and built environment. These images pasted over the individuals face often cover important facial features for identification such as the eyes, nose and mouth, this creates ambiguity among the viewer on the identity and facial structure of the subject.

These images often complete the face in some sort of way, this is represented with his piece called “Old Mask VIII” which orchestrates a the same composition in the series with two images with the sitters defining feature being his glasses. This is so important to the compassion due to the nature of the natural image being a bridge surrounded by woodland which complete the bridge of the glasses. Due to the similarity with the glasses the sitter his wearing my mind try’s to complete the image using the bridge, this is very effective as this initial illusion sparks others as your mind try’s to complete the image by picking out spot for the nose eyes and upper lip, this is aided by the colour of the two images being similar allowing for a realistic sense of perception and when looking at the two images simultaneously. This is very effective as it creates depth to the face which shouldn’t be associated with the mixture of the images. The image also shows a juxtaposition between the sitter and natural landscape presented, in a way mocking the sitter due to the fact that they aren’t young and free much like the leaves in the wind. Maybe this is what the sitter is thinking bout in that present moment and the image pasted over the face is a snapshot into the sitters mind which represents an idea of surrealism.

Stezaker work has helped me visualise the idea of appearance versus reality, more specifically the marriage of the two. I’m my work I hope to look more at the idea of challenging the viewers perception of a certain environment, feeling and/or emotion. The idea of truths among flaws is a subject I feel Stezaker represents very well in his work with the idea of inner feeling represented with these natural and man made views, this is something that could be explored in terms of social media with people trying to hide their flaws, with flaws being their truths. I don’t know if I’ll embrace those truths of try to hide them.

 

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Personality Quiz

Thoughts on Micheal Jackson

Association with Music

12/09/2019

During the day I had a lot of time to think of an idea to complete during the day and with this thought of following something or someone in the music scene I decided to comment on the Micheal Jackson controversy that has recently been sparked up again with the release of the documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ which criminalises Micheal Jackson’s image. This sparked up old arguments among fans about separating the ‘music from the man’ so to speak.

This started to make me think about how image can be changed from just allegations (in the case of Jackson even when proven innocent) and media representation. These allegations has changed the way people consume his art, for me I find it difficult to listen to songs such as P.Y.T and Billie Jean due to the context of love associated with the songs. I don’t really have an opinion on the matter but the fact I find it difficult to consume how work shows the effect that various media sources has had on me and people in general. This makes iconic things that you would associate with the individual tainted and changed in a way.

A famous example of this would be the media representation of Micheal Jackson after his excessive drug consumption with the retreated mention of a horrible nickname which was ‘Wacko Jacko’ making fun of his altered appearance. The repeated mention of this changes how people look at someone. At these stages the people that have been touched by Jackson naturally defend him, even if its morally wrong. A famous example would be Kendrick Lamar’s song ‘Mortal Man’ from his critically acclaimed second studio project ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ where he recites the lyrics “When sh*t hit the fan, is you still a fan?” Where he then asks if people think Micheal Jackson did what he was accused for.

My thoughts right now ask questions why people put others on pedestals then get upset when they see there human just like those people.

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Your interpretation

Francesco Lo Iancono

Illustration for Raf Simons SS18 for CFDA.com

https://www.francescoloiacono.com/?lightbox=dataItem-j5cp93p72

11/09/2019

Francesco Lo Iancono is an Italian illustrator who mostly works in fashion illustration. Some clients of his include Dior, Off-Whire, Fendi, Jew Anderson and many more. His style to me feel very organic, free flowing and natural. I think this is due to the media Iancano mostly uses which is water colours. This form of media is very light allowing the white of the paper to influence the aesthetic of the piece giving the work more of a textured and ever-changing effect with the way the water drys with the paint. This is expressed with an illustration of Raf Simons SS18 look for CFDA.com where heavy use of colour is used throughout the piece but the dark and light point of the piece are expressed with the use of more paint and less water for section like the back of the arm and umbrella. This clever use of media is what makes Iancono’s work very effective at illustrating the form of a look which is important for advertising the pieces, much like this piece was.

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Iancono also uses bordering in his work which is something I seem to duplicate. I do this as it helps to give me baring for certain areas of interest, I also think this draws the eyes to key aspects of the work such as the headpiece for this particular illustration. The borders acts as an containment for the watercolour giving control to a form of media which lacks that, providing a idea of professionalism in presentation, while still offering a unlike style.

Fashion illustration Is an interesting pathway but the idea of being relegated to mostly drawing doesn’t appeal to me. I more hands on with material manipulation being something I’m very interested in a 3D setting rather than 2D much like Iancono achieves.

Explore it

Philippe Starck

A.I, 2019, in partnership with Autodesk

https://www.autodesk.com/redshift/philippe-starck-designs/

Another furniture designer that has been thinking about the environmental impact of manufacturing, designing and longevity of the product is Philippe Starck. At Autodesk London, an event I was fortunate enough to attend, Starck unveiled his latest chair called ‘A.I’ which is the first chair mastered by artificial intelligence. The programme is called generative design which is powered by Autodesk, I was able to get hands on experience with the programme at the event which allowed a better understanding of the programme. The programmes gives different options on designs associated with how cost effective, materials effective and how efficient the design is for the job thinks has allowed for the manufacturing of a product that only uses the material that is needed for one specific task making it more sustainable and cost effective due to the fact the prototype stage is skipped. 

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Message Vacuum

Andrea Mandell

USA Daily, 21/02/2017 

 Looking at the construction of a good love sequence.

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2017/02/21/spoilers-la-la-land-dream-sequence-ending-meaning/98164730/686086F4-AA1A-49C5-AF35-8B8AD429BBC4.jpeg

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Why the La La Land Ending interests me

La La Land Art direction

Director: Damien Chazelle

Cinematographer: Linus Sandgren

24/09/2019

A big inspiration to my thinking which led me to think of love as an avenue to go under was the movie La La Land, more specifically the alternate ending to the movie which shows what could’ve happened to the main characters if they stayed together. It’s used as a reflective piece to sum up a bittersweet moment. I have to say before going in-depth I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of this movie as I feel the characters and musical numbers can be cringe at times, never the less I think the over all love story is very strong and gut-trenching towards the end of the film.

The article looks primarily at the impact and the meaning behind the ending. We see both the characters following there dreams rather than pressuring true love – explained as true sacrifice of love for success – this is something I think about a lot as the idea of true love is something I want to feel but what do I have to do to get that? Do I have to sacrifice my happiness? My livelihood (in the future)? These things are scary to think about. This is what the main characters both do at the same time, one to peruse an acting opportunity in Paris and the other to complete the dream of opening his own jazz club. These aspirations ultimately destroys the relationship, but they are both content with their decisions, thinking ‘its for the best’; I think they where being selfish, this becomes apparent later when they think of the life they could’ve had been together but this is a “bittersweet” moment.

The use of music in this scene – which shows the path not taken for the characters – is important for summing up the themes and specifics of the film as the scene plays through all the musical numbers from key points in the film (without any words), perhaps the most part of this would be the small scene in the song ‘Epilogue’, Written by Justin Hurwitz where a muted version of ‘City of Stars’ is played, the scene shows the two main characters with a child marking how there lives could’ve been if they stayed in love. The song ‘City of Stars’ is key in this point as the song is all about the idea of dreams, these dreams are linked to the idea if we both have love anything’s possible, which is partially true as the characters are still very much in love. However is see it as the distance away created the dreams they always wanted, this is a sacrifice that had to be made for there individual dreams to come true.

This idea of tragic love is something I want to push forward, I will try and do this with the words conjoin and touch as I feel I can show this idea of close to someone but not really with them in the physical world. This will be pitched to the other individuals in my group.when constructing the movie I don’t want long unbroken scenes much like what we see in La La Land as I feel it takes away from the sciences to togetherness as we can show many more scenes of the characters doing things around the local area furthering this idea of unacceptability. The use of music to set a tone is something I’m also interested when working with the film. I think no dialogue is needed as the successes of the final scene creating emotion in La La Land shows this, a strong love song needs to be picked though.

Message Vacuum

Estelle Hanaian

Going on Seventeen

https://vimeo.com/317035001

I really like the way Hananian has shot the scenes from the street eventually leading up the main forces which is his dancing. I view this as a way to represent the daily struggle that everyone goes under, with the repetitive nature of the commute. However instead of being identified with going to work we are met with a persons passion for dance and expression.

Wear it: Use of material and negative space

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Wear it: Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calazadilla

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Examples of Resin Jewellery that I like, Kathie Murphy

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This piece resembles the joining method I used when constructing my piece during the Wear It workshop creating a semipermanent joint so the who pieces of metal where secure. Diana King is using more of a permanent joint by resin coating the 3 different pieces of metal. This could be something to consider next.

Resin Jewellery, Kathie Murphy, Diana King, 1999, Page 99

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Resin Jewellery, Kathie Murphy, Carla Edwards, 1998, page 40

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Resin Jewellery, Kathie Murphy, Ted Noten, Page 82

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Resin Jewellery, Kathie Murphy, Pamina, 2000, Page 83

Your Surroundings

Issey Miyake

Spring Summer 2020 collection 

‘Sense of Joy’

https://www.isseymiyake.com/en/news/5320

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Look 22

https://www.isseymiyake.com/en/brands/isseymiyake/collections/5220#p-modal-collections

Issey Miyake has created these free flowing creations that create a great sense of freedom with these intense usage of pattern to create a new identity to the garments, showing simple clothing and making it more elegant in the way it sits and moves. This focus on motion is very interesting as it gives greater insight into the logistics of a piece of clothing which is to use the product in everyday life so the beauty of motion is the most necessary aspect of a piece of material, this is demonstrated by Miyake very well in this Collection. The simplicity of his designs are complimented by colour combinations perfectly encapsulating the feeling of spring and summer, colours fee freeing and complimentary.

The use of pattern and colour combination is something that I like the most in the work. 

 

Your surroundings

Iris Van Herpen

Syntopia

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In this collection Iris Van Herpen is looking at the intertwining relationship between the natural and unnatural world, this is clearly represented with the free-flowing and sporadic movements on the garments giving a Corel like aesthetics. Herpen has been influenced way science, more specifically Physics plays a big part in the nature of the movement, mimicking atoms travelling when kinetic energy is applied. The garments are so elaborate that they could provide some restrictions to the models on the run way much like physics has on the body’s limits.

The part that tricks me the most being a software phonetic is the use of technology to aid the process of manufacturing of the garments. The use of 3D printing is used frequently in constructions of the pieces which is cutting edge and with combination with traditional manufacturing methods the identity of the pieces further back up the idea of bring seemingly different things together in perfect harmony.

These pieces celebrate the human form with section of transparency allowing for skin to be seen giving the aesthetic that these are growths extending of the body, further backing the biological identity of the pieces.

The pieces are so experimental not only in the way they cloth the model but in the way they dominate the negative space around the model, such as the headpiece displayed above it almost acts as an extension of the head as material seamlessly glide as across the shoulder to the top of the head and beyond until it reaches a natural climax.

Why this inspires me

The use of chromed metal interests me with the way the metal refracts light depending on the curve of the structure. Images also show the joining methods (welding) changing the aesthetic of the metal with light playing a major role in pointing out the joints. This interests me as each refraction of light gives the metal more personality.

Why is Photography Associated to the ‘Wear It’ project?

The work I’m producing must be visualised in a 2D space, photography. For me this incorporates important aspects of marketing, branding and communication on how the piece should represented in a space and place. In a way the is incorporating what has been explained in Fashion Communication pathway where the set up to the visualisation of the look is just as important than the look. This is something i can clearly see in Luigi Ghirri photography where each area is picked due to how perfect the environment is. The scenes are never overcrowded and the images are not overly complicated but yet still very interesting to look at. They area display a middle focus which is a perfect style in represented something of importance as I will be doing by the end of the Extension week.

Side 1: Information ‘Colazione sull’Erba’ by Luigi Chirri

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Side 2: Information ‘Colazione sull’Erba’ by Luigi Chirri

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Extension week: shape and material

Ewa Nowak’s

Anti-AI mask, 2019

https://www.dezeen.com/2019/07/30/ewa-nowak-anti-ai-mask-protects-wearers-from-mass-surveillance/

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When working on my lips design on the 14/10/2019 I was wearing them while walking in the corridor, this resulted in my Contextual Practice tutor David pointing out that they resemble Ewa Nowak’s anti-AI mask. The way true frame a minimalism of the metal resembled my piece of the accessory greatly at that stage. As the making process has progressed I’ve moved slightly away from minimalism with the metal frame fading more into the background of the design with the lips being the main point of interest. I suppose this is similar to Nowak’s use of rounded shapes being the main focal point.

The idea of the piece is to confuse modern surveillance in terms of facial recognition algorithms. The article states “…the Incognito mask in an attempt to reclaim the privacy and anonymity that they feel has been lost…” this is the exact opposite of what I’m trying to achieve, I want to draw as much attention to the face as possible with the large inflamed lips resembling the desirability of lip fillers popularised my various famous figures. Also the idea that I’ve been exploring which is Change, primarily loosing weight, is something that will eventually be noticeable.

The similarity’s that the device has to mine is the idea of being associated to modern society. The emergence of the internet age has heightened the amount of information that is out there for anyone to view optionally and unintentionally in some cases, such as Facebook being able to share information about the user due to agreeing with the terms of service. My device look more at enhancing the online persona with device being catered to become more aesthetically pleasing on social media. Where as the Nowak’s work is more catered to the idea of denouncing fortress cities that are more surveillance intensive, this gives these governments opportunity’s to sell the information to companies.

The aesthetic of the piece is the main part that I’m inspired by as the sleek and elegant design doesn’t look overpowering on the face, this could be due to the material selection being brass which has been brushed so it doesn’t look overbearing. I want to achieve a similar Finish to my outcome.

Different ways to present moving image

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Nam June Paik intense viewing

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02/09/2019 Daniel Arsham

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03/09/2019 Brillo Boxes Andy Warhol

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03/09/2019 WHAM

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03/09/2019 Babushka Boi Nadia Lee Cohen

Lost Letters

Daniel Clarke

Heygate Estate, 2012 V&A Student Runners-up

https://issuu.com/danielclarke/docs/heygateestate

17/09/2019
Daniel Clarke is a illustrator from London who’s has become famous for his use of misted colours depicting various locations mostly depicted in various geometric shapes with sections of focus braking that mould. This shift of focus in his work interests me greatly, with; plants, lights, railing, and vases included with the shift in focus.

His work is very standardised with rectangular and square shapes use primarily. This is seen used to great effect with his illustration series of Heygate Estate. When I see these pieces I feel a classic London estate with every room being the same.from the front on views that Clarke illustrates allows me to see the miner differences each room, this is depicted by ashy blues, reds and yellows. Theses are all primary colours perhaps indicating the idea of importance of these people who live there. These people have often been cased aside socioeconomically, this is emphasised with the fact that the building was demolished only 30 years into its use, causing stable lives to be negatively effected.

This idea of giving voice to the unheard is something I’m interested in through imagery, Clarke isn’t just highlighting issues with unfair governing but he’s also highlighting the beauty of these locations with his beautiful illustrations of the place, this changes peoples general perception of estates just being run down tower blocks, but me being a Londoner living around them all my life I know that’s not the case. These are locations with vibrancy in the community with people knowing everyone, its like one big family. Clarke is trying to show the beauty of his living condition as a child I believe, so the idea of possessiveness and protection is something that springs to mind when looking at all the homes illustrated.

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Lost Letters

Toby Slade Article 

V&A Magazine, Winter 2019, Page 72

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The idea of an aesthetic over function is something that featured heavily with the samurai uniform, however the grand nature of the garments intimidated the enemy adding a psychological advantage to the Japanese military. As the article goes on it starts to explain why the samurai became less prevalent with the inclusion of firearms in military ranks. These fire arms required less training and artistry than a samurai would receive, however this didn’t take away from the beauty of the samurai armour which became more of a status of power and order with the ultimate goal of piece during the 150 year civil war between clans, ending in 1615.

The idea of mixing this simplicity and complexity is something that can be seen with my illustrative piece with line being very clear and bold, its easy to see a blade and handle. This is contrasted with the use of the blade to tell a story within the blood stained edge.

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This further backs up the point that the samurai where dictated but a certain lifestyle.

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Personality Quiz

Rebecca Horn

Concert for Anarchy, 1990 currently exhibited at the TATE Modern Until 2nd February 2020

https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/display/tanks/rebecca-horn

12/09/2019

Rebecca Horns pice Concert for Anarchy, 1990 is a pice currently being presented at the Tate modern until 2nd February 2020. The idea of deconstruction is featured as a defining feature of the work with the inners of the piano being partially torn out of the pianos main structure which is on a 2 minute timer where they retreat and then extend. The use of piano makes me thing of human interaction with lifeless objects giving them purpose however the piano is used as its own performance piece where it plays its own symphony, this gives life to the object. This is further emphasised with Horn stating that she wanted to create a “…new form of interaction with the visitors and the exhibition”. This has been achieved with technology allowing for periodic movement of the piece, this could be suggesting lack of the need of humans to operate certain products. Maybe intelligent programs can even replace people in the creative sector with programmed taste.

The piano creating its own tonality could represent the development of a creative persons mind. I find when I think especially working on this course so many ideas are flowing all the time in a way it’s overwhelming so the title being ‘Concert for Anarchy’ is a Snapshot into Horns brain I feel talking about her creative expression, this featured clearly in the scene from her short film ‘Buster’s Bedroom’ where the composer is playing whilst being presented with water, completely blanking the gesture indicating focus and flowing creative thought.

For me the aspects of her work I’m fascinated with are the ideas of focus and evolving. Changing as time progresses, how you become unhinged when focused on one set task (specifically when thinking of ideas or creatively), this looks at the idea of insanity as well. The use of the music industry as a leading entertainment sector in the creative industry is something that’s fascinating, as we get a snapshot into people lives, thoughts and feeling sonically which can be consumed and perceived by anyone. The piano that Horn displays is a vessel for that expression. We often Aline ourselves these people as we feel like we know them due to how their music makes use feel at that point in our lives but that’s far from the truth. I’m not quite sure how to represent this thought.

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Explore it

Marcel Breuer

Wassily Chair, manufacturing started 1925-1926 

10/09/2019
Ive been obsessed with Marcel Breuer for along time mainly because he was a pioneer on the application of material that no one at the time was doing. The main example would be the use of bent chrome plaited tubular steel which was both cheaper and lighter in weight than the more traditional wooden furniture before his contribution to design, this was first featured with the MB15 chair. This idea of pushing the industry forward by attempting something new shows the bravery and confidence of the man which I aspire to have within all avenues of life, not just my work. Theses attributes have caused one of the most iconic pieces of furniture to be produced which is the ‘Wassily Chair’ which to me on its own is a statement piece, it’s a piece of art to me. The minimalistic design compliments and emphasises the use of negative space which makes the chair appear lighter than it might be, this bring balance to any room.

Breuer is such a big influence that his style is still being celebrated today with my own dining table chairs using the same bent tubular design that he’s been associated with. Breuer is clearly a Bauhaus student with small splashes of colour used with each piece and the emphasis on shapes shows his clear association with the movement.

The idea of minimalism in design manufacturing and material consumption is something I’ve always associated Breuer’s work with, this is something that inspires my design work greatly. This is especially relevant in today’s environmental climate with material consumption becoming a real concern due to the shortage of materials and the CO2 emissions relived during manufacturing causing issues by increasing the green house effect.

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LANGUAGE AND INTERPRETATION

Built It

Zaha Hadid

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, 2000

https://www.zaha-hadid.com/people/zaha-hadid/

23/09/2019

Zaha Hadid’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was commissioned in 2000 to create the marquee for the annual architectural commission. The piece relates heavily to how we constructed out work for the ‘Build It’ workshop using experimental geometric structures but the main relation came with the types of shapes used. The pavilion mostly includes triangular shapes for the roof sections which gives these interesting sharp dips in the structure which to me resembles polygons on computer programs. Resembling a zoomed in surface of a face or object worked on the computer. I also really like the fact the pavilion is the fact that it allows for natural light to enter the building as the material used on the roof is slightly transparent, giving more of a focus on nature from a very unnatural structure.

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The pavilion had a focus on monotone colours with the bespoke furniture inside following the scheme of Black, White and Grey. This could be in relation to the materials used for structure with the steel supports having a similar grey black tone and the roof clearly showing these white tones, these tones are spacious and clean giving the illusion of having more space than there actually is.. Hadid could be trying to make the structure standout from the natural landscape behind it. This looks into the idea of architecture being man Made and just as beautiful- this is done by having seductive urban presence – which doesn’t compete with the natural landscape but instead stands beside it as an equally beautiful thing.

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Hadid work shows a unchallenged sense of complexity in conjunction with the function being simple. Which makes her work that more effective as it meet a balance between function, form and gracefulness. Never too complex, never too simple. This balance of easy application with beauty is something I will try to do in my design work. Looking forward to what design work I have coming up in diagnostic I will try and achieve this in the JFFA.

Say It Loud

Paul Peter Piech

Peach Is Just Understanding People - Helping Them, 1980

Extract: V&A Magazine, Winter 2019, Page 66

26/09/2019

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In this piece called Peace Is Just Understanding People – Helping Them, Piech represents his ideas mostly with the impact of the words that have been printed among a illustration of two blue figures chasing hands (which look very similar in appearance). A lot of Piech’s work tackles ideas of a horrible world and t presented his ideas with messages that edges people to be more loving towards one another, this piece presented above is no exception with the words asking for people to be more ‘Helping’ towards one another. This could be also tackling the idea of racism and the presence of it after the war, especially in London as many Caribbean people came to London, famously many formed community’s in areas like Brixton. This is due to fear of being abused in areas without a large black community. This has happened in London for many groups of people, another example would be the ‘Bangla Town’ in Brick Lane which has a large Bangladeshi community.

The idea that Piech uses two beings with human features shaking hands to me represents the fact that we may have different sized features but we are all Human, therefore all the same. After thinking about this ‘Peace is Just Understanding People’ to me looks at individuals daily struggle and the fact that many people that may not look the same have the same problem so instead of being segregated people should unify in there daily struggle, building more of a healthy and prosperous community.

The strong message used is something I really like about his work, this sort of meaning that is multi faceted creates perspective and own personal struggles, past or present, to be thought about in a way that perfectly ties the message in loop of listening, understanding and action as most political messages are suppose to. The message being supported by something I think makes the piece a stronger and makes it easier to digest, this is something to consider.

BODY AND FUNCTION

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Sophie Ristelhueber

Photography: Fait #20 (detail), 1992

https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/sophie-ristelhueber-talk/

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Photography for me is all about capturing a important moment, something with relevance many people. There’s nothing more relevant I feel in modern history than the 1st and 2nd world war. Still wars are fought like the Iraq and afghanistan war which I believe theses visual scars are located in. Some of these scars have caused damage that could last over thousands of years. For me it’s a reminder of all the needless violence that has scared minds just as much as the battlegrounds where these events where taken place. Capturing this moment for me that evokes a memory that Ristelhueber does to well makes me think about where I was during these events. In safety while soldiers and civilian in the locations where slaughtered over political issues, it puts things into perspective of a time we didn’t experience but were aware of. 

Fait translated from French to English means ‘Made’, this is fitting for the image showing scarring on the surface left by human activity. This carries on for the rest of the Fait series with some images showing discarded and rusted tanks that have been clearly out of service for decades, this is impactful when thinking about the context of the event that took place for these images to be took.

The image is very simple without set up but the context behind the image makes it great and brings a certain feeling, for some that’s anger and sadness, for others its confusion, it depends on the viewers relationship with the events that you can imaging unfolding in the still image of the battlefield. This idea of ‘more that meets the eye’ is something I’ve been trying to incorporate in my work with themes in the fashion communication looking at ideas of loneliness but with one still image much like Sophie Ristelhueber achieves. The photographer shows how important the location in telling a story, providing a feeling and complimenting the moving parts in the image (people or fashion).

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Sofie Krunegard

S Magazine - Sensual Healing

http://www.magnoliaagency.se/creatives/sofie-krunegard/#

I really like the sensual driven imagery of the video with small snippets showing the true intentions of the title card. However I really dislike the voice acting and editing of the voices, i just think they sound annoying and cringe to listen too. You can see that this is the intensions as its addressing sensual frustration on the woman’s part as she cry’s out that’s she ‘doesn’t need any me’ this working with the title gives me this impression.

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Wear It

Examples of Resin Jewellery I Don’t Like, Kathie Murphy

I don’t quite like these pieces due to the tacky nature of the designs. They look to simple for my taste but they do show different aesthetics that resin can be used in.

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Resin Jewellery, Kathie Murphy, Cicada, page 64 

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Resin Jewellery, Kathie Murphy, Kathie Murphy, 1990, page 83

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Resin Jewellery, Kathie Murphy, Ted Noten, Page 6

Wear It

Anna Rikkinen

After Baroque

Unbreakable, 2011

http://www.annarikkinen.com/v2/portfolio/after-baroque/

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This idea of having something so fragile as a body accessory is a unlike anything I’ve seen before in Jewellery, it’s utterly unique. The pieces are more statement pieces made from blown glass which makes them extremely fragile meaning they are used for the image and set up only, this is used to great effect with the refractions of light making the glass look very shiny, clearly being the standout piece, the light allows the viewer to get clear viewing of how grand the pierces are compared to the body they are being styles on. The black background provides an ominous setting which lets the glass stand out even more because of the identity that glass, specifically In that shape, represents which would be a lightbulb. To me its set up to look like Rikkinen has taken all the lightbulbs out of the room and used them as the statement pieces.

There are some things I don’t like about the pierces which is mostly the size of them, they don’t look interrogate enough, perhaps if they where smaller they would have a shuttle touch to the photography so the viewer would have to search for the pieces, which is ironic as the idea they are lightbulbs gives the thought that they should be an easily seen beacon if light.

EXTENSION WEEK

Wear It

10/10/2019 White Cube Manson’s Yard Information about event

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The idea of a butterfly looks at the idea of change and growth for me. This is an interesting idea to look at as we look at change mostly in a human sense, with peoples personality altering according to their experiences, the way they talk due to the area they live in, who they associate themselves with due to who’s available. All these changes are represented over time, this junction between time and change is something I’m interested in, when the change is noticeable. The butterfly represents all of this with a specific time where the entary completely transforms and is no longer what it once was.

Looking at accessory’s in the brief for ‘Wear It’ i thought about how body adornments have been used in cultures to change the body in a way to represent the culture. A famous example would be Neck Rings used in African and Asian cultures. They where used as they believed a long neck was a sign of beauty, often causing damage to the shoulder blades under weight from the rings. This body alteration takes time, with stretching methods being implemented from as young as two, but the change is noticed when the alteration moves the ribs lower than around 45 degrees, this gives only the illusion of a long neck.

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Alexander McQueen and Shaun Leane

Alexander McQueen and Shaun Leane 

Autumn/Winter 1999 ‘Coiled’

https://www.vam.ac.uk/museumofsavagebeauty/mcq/coiled-corset/

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McQueen and Leane was inspired by the ancient South African tribes practice of neck stretching which was exercised by the two 3 years prior to this show in ‘It’s a Jungle Out There’. This idea of using this restriction to the neck and translating it to the rest of the body. It’s a genius use of material to resemble a garment following the natural curves of the body, the piece is very impractical but the communication to the runway was amazing. The craftsman’s ship that has gone into these rings are crazy as all 97 rings where hand crafted due to the bespoke nature to the piece, this could be out of respect for the tribal practice of actually using.

This piece has given me an idea of the way an idea can be adapted but obvious to it’s reference point by changing or enhancing the use that the rings would have. This approach to accessory manufacturing and designing is something that’s very interesting to me due to the historical reference points and what that means to people in those cultures. In a way taking something old and re-purposing it for modern consumerism, reaching the climax of a process..

Writers Association to the Extension

Vladimir P. Dimikhov

The Head Transplant 1954

When doing research for body adornments and the effect on the body I naturally started to think about experimentations that where performed during times after the Second World War as being unethical and risky. Often causing long term or intense short effects to humans and animals alike. These experimentation would often change the structure of the body causing very unnatural viewings. 

Vladimir P. Dimikhov was considered one of the most controversial practicals after the war with, which is considered one of the more controversial experiments of the 20th century, the canine Head Transplant. In the tribute PDF below I’d shares more information about the time, but yet we still don’t have a reason why it was done, to almost all scientists at the time and even don’t know the driving force behind the experiments. It was not clear in what application this would be useful in and almost 50 years later the information is still not relevant in modern medicine. This made Dimikhov a cast aside and was shunned out of respected medicine as he would comply to the criticism and stop experimenting on animals.

These criticisms are fare enough but are a bit ignorant in the sense that Dimikhov was experimenting on dogs for years prior, with work adding very important breakthroughs in medicine such as the heart and lung transplant, which where all performed on dogs with multiple failures before a breakthrough. When did Dimikhov cross the line, was it the fact that his work was getting more famous so his unethical practices where highlighted, or is it more ambitious than that. It could be due to the fact that perplexed simply didn’t understand what Dimikhov was trying to achieve. I have to confess, I’m not going to act like I know why he did this, but his work was tainted by one experiment, one change in judgement leading itself back to the idea of the sudden growth from the butterfly. This also going hand in hand with the idea of body adornments changing the structure of the body, Dimikhov represents this in the most extreme fashion. Dimikhov will now forever be known for the head transplant not the fantastic feats he achieved before that.

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PDF extract: Vladimir P. Dimikhov

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763473/pdf/20091000s00020p453.pdf

Pages I’m interested in for my research. Page 453 and 456

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Informed use of material

Sterling Ruby 

ACTS + TABLE, GAGOSIAN, October 2 - December 14, 2019 

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When looking at the pieces I didn’t quite understand the concept behind having urethane block with dye suspended inside but after reading the information provided it makes more sense. The idea that the urethane is an “agent of incarceration” for the “blossoming furls of dye.” This creates a sense of entrapment, for this i associate this with the mind, with ideas and concepts not being able to blossom and develop due to the environment your in. I had a lot of this when in sixth form where I didn’t feel people would understand what i was trying to get across in my work, maybe making my work less adventurous now looking back. This heavily associates with my ideas of image, doing whatever it takes to fulfil that image. I see the dye as ones true self and the urethane as social pressure causing the development of the person to stop as its not popular or seen as ‘weird’. This relates to my video made on the device i made as it conveys the ideas that people will do whatever it takes to cater to the social expectation every if that means sacrificing what they truly want you do. 

Interesting use of editing

Maurer

Triolets, 1981

Film, 35mm transferred to digital video projection, black and white, sound (mono). Running Time 12 min.

I love the use of editing in this video, even when the visuals aren’t that interesting but all the moving parts to the film creates an eye grabbing experience with the video requiring multiple viewings to picK out certain points of interest throughout.

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Big Inspiration to Moving Image work

Nam June Paik

TV Garden 1974 - 1977, TATE Modern 17 Oct 2019 - 9 Feb 2020

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As an late adopter to working with moving image I’ve taken heavy inspiration to Nam June Paik’s use of colour and distortion to express ideas to inform my own. This creates his own unique identity, often references cultural differences from his eastern heritage and adopted western culture with sight and noice, this is illustrated with the films shown on the TV’s in his work called TV Garden 1974-77 where he expressed “…the Buddhist belief that’s all things are interdependent and closely connected”. This has influenced the way I’ve structured my work, looking at contrasting ideas inter twinned with a common identity.

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